Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fingerless gloves!

They're not really my thing, but now that they're done and I've put them on I sort of see the appeal. They're fancy!

All done but the thumbs
Thumb stitches back on needles. Six stitches per needle ... awkward? Yes.
Thumbs done! I hardly even messed up at all.
If I can wrestle these things onto my giant man-hands, then my friend who has normal-sized hands will have no problems at all.
Some major pinnage happened to get them flat and blocked to the proper measurements.
Flat and blocked and fancy!
Not too shabby, if I say so myself.
Although my needles might beg to differ.
And I even had enough yarn left over for several granny squares and weavette squares for my seemingly never-ending other projects.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hell on Needles

Apparently I practice Extreme Cruelty to Knitting Needles.

I finished the first fingerless glove, except for the thumb, and before I cast on for the second one I noticed that my needles are really quite far from straight anymore. I expect at any moment that one will snap right in half and then I will be displeased. I have to say though, that knit three together and SSSK are difficult. Like, really hard. That's why the bendage.

And really this doesn't quite convey the extreme bendiness of the poor things. Maybe I should try to find some steel needles.

Beads all lined up nice and pretty, ready to be threaded onto the yarn for the second glove.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Another genius thumb

I have become a big fan of the thumb gusset in knitting. It's genius! You add a bunch of stitches in a V shape, put them on a stitch holder for later, then put them on needles and continue knitting, and like magic you have a thumb.

From the marker to the left is the glove in pattern. To the right of the marker are the thumb stitches. There are 24 rows of thumb stitches, so if you travel down in a V shape you should be able to see where it diverts from the pattern.
Then you put the stitches on a holder (I only have monster-sized holders, which is a pain) and close up the gap at the top, and continue knitting in the pattern.
It's a little unwieldy at the moment, but I only have a few more rows to do before binding off.